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Etihad Crystal Cargo to set up cargo operations to Muscat

Oman: Tuesday, March 21 - 2006 @ 09:21

The Ground Handling will be done by Oman Aviation Services.

Etihad Airways announced in February that it will launch daily services between Abu Dhabi and Muscat on 26 March 2006.

“The Abu Dhabi – Muscat route offers an interesting perspective for cargo being transported on Etihad’s fast growing network. There is a huge demand for perishable cargo coming out of Oman with final destination USA, Central Europe and Far East,” said Ingo Roessler, V.P. Etihad Crystal Cargo.

“The team of Khimji Ramdas Shipping offers quality services that will help us to establish fast in the Oman market and offering an interesting alternative to other carriers. Our strategy to outsource all sales and services to a local GSSA team has proven to be highly efficient in the past,”

continued Roessler.

“We are excited with our new partnership with Etihad Crystal Cargo. We believe that combining our local expertise and resource with the tools Etihad Crystal Cargo provides us with, we can offer the air cargo market in Oman an interesting product” said M C Jose, General Manager Projects & Logistics Group Khimji Ramdas Shipping LLC.

According to the GCC Secretariat General Information Centre, the UAE is by far the largest trading partner with Oman for both imports and exports.

The latest figures (2001) released by the GCC Information Centre show that a massive 85.5 percent of (intra-GCC) imports and 78 percent of exports come to and from the UAE.

The route Abu Dhabi – Muscat will be operated on a daily basis with an Airbus A330-200 offering a cargo capacity of 14 tons. The inaugural flight EY 707 will depart from Abu Dhabi at 9:30pm on 26 March and arriving at Muscat at 10.30pm. On the return, flight EY 708 will depart from Muscat at 11.30pm, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 12.30am, one hour later.

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